Ted Snider explains the “Periphery Doctrine”, a foreign policy strategy by which a nation, in this case Israel, can either ally itself with its immediate neighbors against its more distant ones, or “leapfrog” its neighbors to be friends with those on the periphery instead. The history of Israel’s foreign policy has been characterized by one of these two options, until now. Netanyahu, Snider explains, has created a new doctrine by which he tries to turn Palestinians and Arabs against each other at home, and uses alliances with countries like Egypt to help enforce “peace” with the Palestinians.
Discussed on the show:
- “Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East” (Mondoweiss)
- Alliance of the periphery
- Yitzhak Rabin
- Shimon Peres
- “The U.S. Is Sidelining Itself in the Middle East” (The Atlantic)
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